Peeping Tom charged in Canada Line incident

A man who allegedly used his cell phone to take images up a woman’s skirt last summer, made his first appearance in Richmond provincial court this week.

Robert William Kelly, 25, is charged with secretly observing/recording nudity in a private place, and secretly observing/recording for a sexual purpose in connection with an incident at Aberdeen station on the Canada Line on June 21, 2013.

Greater Vancouver Transit Authority spokesperson Anne Drennan told The Richmond Review the suspect allegedly kept his cell phone in camera mode, and while standing behind a woman using the escalator, shot footage up under her skirt.

The woman reported it to police, and they launched an investigation which eventually led to the recommending of charges against Kelly. Those charges were approved in December, with Kelly making his first appearance in court this week.

Kelly is known to police, Drennan said.

Sex offences aboard the Canada Line and SkyTrain are taken very seriously, Drennan said, and Peeping Tom-like behaviour is considered a sex offence.

“We want women to report anything that occurs that makes them feel uncomfortable in any way. When we get info in a timely manner, we can take these people off the (transit) system.”

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